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Law enforcement range will add weekend public access for a fee

Published by Central Office March 29, 2016

Contact(s): Keith Warnke, DNR shooting sport coordinator, 608-576-5243 or Dane County Sheriff Sgt. Chris Larch 608-849-2660

MADISON - Through an agreement between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Dane County Sheriff's Office, the public will again have weekend access to the Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center Range near Waunakee on weekends from Saturday, April 9, through Nov. 5 for a $10 daily fee.

DNR Hunting and Shooting Sports Coordinator Keith Warnke said the county-state agency agreement, now in its fourth year, is good news for area hunters and shooters looking for a safe, convenient facility to prepare for the hunting seasons or simply to enjoy the sport.

Funding for this project comes from shooters and hunters through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration grant program. The grant revenues are taxes paid by shooters and hunters on ammunition and firearms equipment. "Partnering with Dane County to increase access to the range is an appropriate use of these dollars," Warnke said.

The Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center is equipped with five firearm shooting ranges. Each of the five ranges provides a different type of shooting environment. Its primary function is to provide Law Enforcement Officers with realistic and functional training; however, it also offers a great opportunity for hunters and shooters to practice and sight-in firearms.

Under the terms of the agreement, the range will be open the following dates and times:

Target stands will be provided at the range. Shooters should bring ear and eye protection, targets and their own ammunition.

Fees of $10 per person per day will be charged by the Dane County Sheriff's Department. Fees must be paid with cash or personal check. Credit cards are not accepted.

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A minor must be at least 12 years old and present proof of enrollment or completion of the DNR Hunter Safety Program in order to shoot at the range.

The Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center is located at 5184 Highway 19 in the Town of Westport, one mile east of the intersection of Highway 113 and County Trunk I.

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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